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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 2500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Orange color with fully diminishing head. Good bitter hops bite followed with some maltiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Blood-orange red, clear, medium head that sticks around a bit. Nose nicely balanced between caramel/butterscotch sweetness and citrusy hops. Flavor unfortunately a bit of a letdown for me, decently balanced like the nose but just not a lot happening. Some apricot, it seems, little bit of orange and rather weak on the malt. Good solid bitter end, good body. Worth drinking, but like their IPA hardly the best of style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Lovely, bright reddish body under a lacing head. Very British mix of hops and malt drying out perfectly. However, not a go-to beer, mostly on account of price. I will admit that I have a prejudice in favor of ESBs with more citric hop qualities. On appearance and palate, however, it canít be beat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Dark and hoppy, it certainly is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Wonderful bready, malty, bittersweet aroma/flavor. Beautiful amber color with a perfect creamy tan head. Great thirst quencher.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Pretty solid. Aroma is malty and alcoholic, with a bit of fruit and hops. Taste is much the same, with a little more emphasis on the hops. Really good ESB, but I wouldnít mind a bit more bite in the middle. Iíd like a little less alcohol, because it really comes through in the taste. I prefer bitters with very low alcohol content. Awesome beer, in any case. Iíd love to try this on tap, or casked if Iím so lucky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Poured with a small head that quicly faded. There wasnít enough malt for my liking, but overall it was still a good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Now this is a beer! I love this friggin beer and im not quite sure why... creamy, fruity, with a great sensation as it glides down the throat... cherry licorice, banana and some slight raspberry... floral, fruity aroma and a great maroon appearance. great on tap... malty as hell, and i still canít understand why this style is referred to as a bitter...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
The best ESB and a standard for others to follow.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2002
My first ESB. Really enjoyed it. Poured with a creamy head, although it didnít stick around for too long. Nice sort of hazy copper color. Medium bodied, long aftertaste. A nice brew, will buy again.


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